Dr. Jose Hurtado
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Directorate for STEM Education
Division of Graduate Education
Class of 2022–2023
Dr. Jose Hurtdao is a computer scientist, machine learning consultant, lecturer, musician, advocate and researcher. Hurtado was a Daniel B. Newell and Delores A. Auzenne fellow and completed his Ph.D. in computer science at Florida Atlantic University. Before this, Hurtado spent seven years working with real estate technology as a database administrator, developer and team leader implementing Internet Data Exchange (IDX) software nationally. Today his research is on data mining, machine learning, and Big Data analytics, specifically social sensing and mining for information networks. Inspired by his indigenous Andean roots, Hurtado's work centers on underrepresented communities: Latin American, U.S. Latinx and Indigenous peoples. Through these diverse projects, he contributes to the understanding of human collaboration that emphasizes online social networks. He has presented and published research findings in a number of prestigious conferences and publications in the machine learning field.
Hurtado is a well-recognized Peruvian American musician. He works as a technology advocate with the Kuyayky Foundation, a federally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of Andean music and culture. The foundation fosters the social, political, cultural and economic development of Andean peoples. As such, Hurtado was distinguished by the Inter-American Development Bank as a "Latin American Youth Leader." He has led and implemented community initiatives in the Central Andes and most recently received accolades from Peruvian media and Andean studies academics for the Quechua Learning app "Imanchay," available in the Google Play Store.